To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) members of his Department have had with (i) members and representatives of (A) the Government of and (B) the opposition in Angola and (ii) the Ministry of Defence concerning possible UK (1) logistical and (2) practical assistance to the disarmament process in Angola; and if he will make a statement.
There have been no discussions at ministerial level on this issue with members or representatives of the Government of, and opposition in, Angola. The British Embassy in Luanda, after discussions with the Angolan authorities and in conjunction with the Angolan Interior and Defence Ministries, funded the Halo Trust to carry out a pilot project on how civil disarmament should be approached in Angola. Based on the findings, we are now funding Phase One of Halo's disarmament programme with £281,622 from the joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Department for International Development/Ministry of Defence Africa Conflict Prevention Pool. This project will initially focus on three central Angolan provinces seriously affected by the civil war.